Special Christmas cocktail for Auckland pub

The Queen’s Head Bar & Eatery, one of Auckland’s oldest licensed pubs, is celebrating its refurbishment with a limited-edition Christmas Breeze cocktail and a twist on Christmas lunch and dinner.

A five-course set menu will be available for lunch and dinner on Tuesday 25 December. The Christmas Breeze cocktail includes Bacardi rum, Malibu, coconut water and is garnished with cream, fresh mint and a maraschino cherry.

The menu has been designed by executive chef Glen Rockhouse. A fourth-generation chef, Rockhouse works with regional suppliers to produce perfectly simple seasonal dishes that celebrate New Zealand ingredients.

“I wanted our first Christmas menu at the Queen’s Head Bar and Eatery to be fun, fresh and light – a chance for guests to experience a modern twist on traditional Christmas flavours, combined with Kiwi Christmas foods, which I often cook for my own family on Christmas Day,” he explained. “We have used premium, seasonal New Zealand produce, such as Te Mana lamb, Ora King salmon, Canter Valley turkey, Freedom Farms ham and vegetables grown by local suppliers. It has given us the opportunity to showcase New Zealand ingredients at their very best.”